Louise Mary Peebles

In the early afternoon of January 9, Anderson Cooper (CNN), lost his biggest fan. Surrounded by her family, Louise Mary Peebles passed away at the age of 93 in Vernon, BC. She leaves behind her daughters, Joni (Charley), Ellen (Willy), and her son John (Caryl), grandchildren, Nathan (Nicole), Jessica (Ryan), Paul, Blythe and Lauren, great-grandchildren Ivan and Cole, and her dear sister Terry Robb.

Louise was born in Duncan, BC to Eleanor and Martin Vannier, but grew up in Vancouver. As a young woman, Louise became a talented artist and hair stylist. She worked at the historic Maison Henri before operating the salon at the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel in the 1940’s. In Harrison, she met and eventually married Capt. George Peebles. In 1948, Louise and George settled in Chilliwack where they raised their 3 children. Louise moved to Sechelt in 1982, and most recently to Coldstream, where she lived for the past 8 years.

Louise was a life-long learner who knew more about politics and the world stage than most people half her age. She loved strong martinis, smooth lattes, non-fiction books and good newspapers, Bridge, gardening, CNN and Pierre Trudeau. She loved beautiful clothes and wore them with style and flair.

Louise was witty and honest and brave and we will miss her every day. There will be a Memorial Mass for Louise at Holy Family Catholic Church in Sechelt on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.

For those who wish, Louise’s favorite charity was Covenant House.